FEB. 16 Ziti with your Sweetie Dinner Theater: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Clifford Fire Hall, Route 106, Main St., Clifford. Menu will include salad, ziti with meatballs, beverage and dessert. Hosted by the Clifford Community Youth Group and Friends. Donation is $10. Tickets are available from any participating youth group member or call Robin at 570-222-4344. There will be a very limited number of tickets at the door.
Bingo: Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Altar and Rosary Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish on Rebecca Street in Throop. Doors open at noon with start time at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 and include 16 regular games and the jackpot game. Along with your purchased ticket, if you bring five nonperishable can goods, you will receive an extra playing card. All donated food will go to the local food bank. For tickets or information, call Debbie at 570-540-1154.FEB. 18 Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach: State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) released his office's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach schedule for the month of February where his staff will assist residents in applying for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 9-11 a.m. at the Carbondale Active Older Adult Community Center, 66 N. Church St., Carbondale. The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and over; widows and widowers age 50 and over; and people with disabilities ages 18 and older.
State Rep. Kyle Mullins winter mobile office hours: Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. State Representative Kyle Mullins, 112th Legislative District will have winter mobile office hours at the Archbald Borough Building. Services include: property tax/rent rebates, Department of Human Services SNAP benefits, PennDOT-related issues, Department of Treasury-related issues, LIHEAP, veterans affairs and questions/comments regarding the district.
The Book Was Better! Book Club meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale. As part of the Adult Winter Reading Program, the Carbondale Public Library has a new club where every month a book is read, then members gather together one evening and watch a film adaptation of it. The program tends to run a bit long (between the movie and a short discussion, between two and two-and-a-half hours). So food will be served during the movie. This program is free. You may bring your own dinner, drink and/or snack, but pizza will be provided by the library. Feel free to bring a blanket or towel to sit on or a pillow for your chair. The next book is "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.
FEB. 19 Dickson City Neighborhood Watch meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Dickson City Borough Building. Guest speaker will be Dickson City Police Chief William Bilinski. The meeting will include a short discussion concerning the changes to the recycling program.
Trivial Pursuit Night: Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. the Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville, will host Trivial Pursuit 1990s Edition. This special 90s-edition game features the six categories: Oops, Wired, Viewing, Trends, Important and Hangin'. Attendees must register at the library to be sorted into teams. This event is for ages 18 and older. Call 570-489-1765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to register.
FEB. 20 Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach: State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) released his office's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach schedule for the month of February where his staff will assist residents in applying for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Thursday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dickson City Civic Center, 935 Albert St., Dickson City. The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and over; widows and widowers age 50 and over; and people with disabilities ages 18 and older.
Blood drive: Thursday, Feb. 20 from noon to 5 p.m. The Valley Council is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive at the VFW Post Hall, 284 Main St., Eynon.
Mardi Gras celebration: The Blakely/Peckville Crime Watch's "New Orelans style" Mardi Gras celebration is Friday, Feb. 21 from 6-10 p.m. at Fiorelli Catering, 1501 Main St., Peckville. The informal evening will include New Orleans menu specialties, Italian seasoned chicken, pasta and dessert as well as beer wine and soda. Cash bar is available for cocktails. There will be music by Dixieland Jazz Band and the Jeffrey James Band. Gail Ercoli and Gail Ercoli dancers will perform and Mike Walton Entertainment will provide a photo booth. Wear your favorite mask. Donation is $45. Call 570-383-9946 or 570-383-0196 for tickets.
FEB. 22 Porketta sandwich sale: VFW Post 7963 Auxiliary will hold a porketta sandwich sale Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. until sold out, at the post, 272 Main St., Eynon. Cost is $3 each. For more information, call Lisa Robbins at 570-500-9858.Cornhole tournament: Saturday, Feb. 22, at William Walker Hose Company Station, 803 Penn Ave., Mayfield. Doors open for registration at 11 a.m., and games will begin at noon. Registration fee is $20/person or $40/team (two people). For more information or advance registration call Brandon at 570-290-1380 or Dave at 570-575-3772.
FEB. 23 Pork and sauerkraut dinner: Sunday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or sold out, the Shopa-Davey VFW Post 6082 will host a pork and sauerkraut dinner at the post home, 123 Electric St., Peckville. Tickets are $11 from any member or at the door. Takeouts are also available.
FEB. 24 Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach: State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) released his office's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach schedule for the month of February where his staff will assist residents in applying for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Monday, Feb. 24 from 9-11 a.m. at the Joe Terry Civic Center, 1038 Montdale Road, Scott Township. The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and over; widows and widowers age 50 and over; and people with disabilities ages 18 and older.
FEB. 26 Pierogie sale: Wednesday, Feb. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at St. John's Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Hill Street in Mayfield. Homemade pierogies (deep fried or frozen, uncooked) will be sold. Pierogies are $8 per dozen. No orders. First come first served. To place "business orders," send a fax to 570-876-2534 no later than Monday, Feb. 24. Business orders will be delivered upon request.
Fishing derby meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Archbald Borough Building, the Archbald Borough Youth Fishing Derby Committee will meet. The committee is seeking volunteers to assist in organizing this community event. For more information contact the Archbald Borough Building at 570-876-1800.
FEB. 28 Lenten Food Sale: Friday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at All Saints Orthodox Church, 211 Willow Ave., Olyphant. Menu includes pierogies with butter and onions or frozen by the dozen, cabbage and noodles, pagach and clam chowder. Homemade baked goods will be available. For more information or to place an order, call 570-383-0785 or 570-561-8082. Call Church Hall the week of the sale 570-489-5591. Advance orders are encouraged. For large orders, please provide containers.FEB. 29 Prize bingo: Saturday, Feb. 29 at St. John's Hall, 700 Hill St., Mayfield, the Forest City softball Parents Club will hold Prize Bingo. Doors open at 3 p.m. Bingo starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. All proceeds will support the Forest City Regional High School softball team. Food will be available. No outside food or alcohol. There will be 16 regular prize games and four specials. In the past three years, there were more than $3,000 in bingo prizes. There will also be donated baskets, some cash prizes, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, a pot of gold ($300) of lottery tickets. You can purchase Pot of Gold tickets now until bingo day. You do not have to be present to win the Pot of Gold. If you like to be a sponsor for $100 or more, you will be placed on a banner at the FCR softball field. For tickets or more information contact Judy Graham 570-862-0370 or email@example.com.
MARCH 3 Friends of the Valley Community Library meeting: Tuesday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at the Valley Community Library. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in helping the library maintain its programs is more than welcome to attend. For more information, email ValleyLibraryFriends@Outlook.com.Spring painting: Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Public Library. Choose your own colors and make your own masterpiece. Snacks will be provided, and feel free to bring whatever food and drink you like. Spots are limited. Cost: $35.
MARCH 4 May of the Year dinner: Wednesday, March 4 at Fiorelli's in Peckville, the Paul "Hook" O'Malley Ancient Order of Hibernians Division #4 will hold its annual Man of the Year dinner from 6-9 p.m. This year's recipient is Father Richard Fox. Dinner is $35 per person. Tables of 10 can be reserved. Program ads are $100 per page, $50 for a half page. For more information, call St. Patrick's Parish at 570-344-2679.
Spaghetti dinner: Saturday, March 7, takeout from 3-5 p.m., and dine in from 5-8 p.m. Eureka Hose Co. No. 4, 717 East Grant St., Olyphant, will sponsor its annual spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $10, available from members. Proceeds will be used to defray insurance and maintenance expenses.
MARCH 29 Bags for Beads designer purse bingo: Sunday, March 29, doors at noon, bingo a 1 p.m. at St. Michaels Hall, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For tickets call or text Karen 570-604-7682 or Fran 570-470-7838. There will be basket raffles, 50/50, bingo and specials. All proceeds go to Palermo Heart to Heart Beads of Courage.APRIL 25 Bus trip: Saturday, April 25, the Carbondale Public Library is sponsoring a bus trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens at the height of cherry blossom season and during their annual Japanese festival, "Sakura Matsuri!" This experience celebrates Japanese culture with a program of events including traditional tea ceremonies, art and dance demonstrations, acrobat performances and so much more! Adults over 12 are $60 and children under 12 are $30. This price includes the bus ride and admission to the gardens and festival. After the gardens, we will stop at a Brooklyn eatery for an early dinner before heading home. Payment holds your spot. Call 570-282-4281 for more information.SEPT. 12 Valley View Class of 1980 reunion: Valley View Class 1980 will hold its 40th reunion Saturday, Sept. 12 at AC Field, Archbald, at noon. The Planning Committee will hold meetings. For more information, scall 570-702-5908.
Volunteers sought: Volunteers are needed to help stuff mailers for the upcoming Valley View 50th class reunion. The meeting will be held at the club house at the Highlands of Archbald. Contact Lorraine @ 570-687-1610 with any questions.New book club: A new book club is starting at the Valley Community Library in March. "Murder, They Read" is the new murder and crime themed monthly book club, which will meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. The first meeting is on March 25 at 2 p.m. Join for snacks and a fun book discussion. Call 570-489-1765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and to register.
Knitting and crochet group: The Valley Community Library is looking for new members to join its Knitting and Crochet group. The group meets at the library on the first and third Friday of the month at 1 p.m. All skills and levels are welcome. Members can bring their own current project or help make items for the community. For more information, call Kristen at the Valley Community Library at 570-489-1765, or email email@example.com.
Paper recycling change: Paper recycling has been changed to the Monday prior to your normal Tuesday recycling collection. Paper is to be placed in a bin to be collected, No bags are allowed. Call 570-489-8311 with any questions.
Senior aerobics: Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. at the Throop Civic Center. For more information call the civic center at 570-383-7906.
Envelope drive: Wilson Fire Co. No. 1, Peckville is conducting its annual envelope drive for funds in Blakely Borough. Envelopes were mailed to all residents and businesses in the borough. Return envelopes were also provided. Proceeds from the drive will be used toward the mortgages on the trucks and for the general operation of the fire department.
Mid Valley Class of 1970 classmate info: If any of the members of the Mid Valley High School Class of 1970 have information on the following classmates, Brenda Ann Abbott, Mary Ann Bartkowski, Kevin J. Bienio, Andrew Bookin, Edward Borden, Pamela Cioffari, Francis A. Colger, Christine Cucura, Vincent Cummings, Edward Dixon, George Dombkowski, Andrea Filip, Diane Harvilchuck, Denise Kotchkoski, Edward Malinowski, David Parkyn, Amalia Wisniewski, Michael J. Yanochik, Julianne Youshock, contact: 570-945-0137, or 570-780-3095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital media classes: Valley Community Library is offering digital media classes. Learn basic computer, phone or tablet skills, how to use Microsoft Office, use the library's electronic resources, research genealogy and more. Registration is required, classes are by appointment only. For more information, call Danielle at the Valley Community Library at 570-489-1765, or email email@example.com.
Food pantry: The food pantry at St. James-George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn is open the last Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon.
Evening fitness classes: At the Mid Valley Active Older Adult Community Center, 310 Church St. in Jessup, Strong, Fit and Flexible classes for adults ages 50 and beyond began Tuesday, Jan. 7 and will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. All fitness levels welcome. Bring a mat if you have one. Weights and other equipment will be available for use during class. Parking is available on the street or in the parking lot behind the center. There is no fee for classes, but donations are welcome. For additional information, call the center at 570-489-4415.
Valley Community Library Vets' Group: the monthly Vets' Group meets on every second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Valley Community Library. Active duty, reserves, retired or just served one enlistment period or more. No matter whether you served during war time or peace time. Thank you for your service to our country and enjoy a free meal and meeting new people. Call 570-489-1765 if interested in joining, to ensure there is enough supplies for each month.
Parents A 2nd Time Support Group (new location): The "Parents A 2nd Time" (PAST) Group meets at the Throop Civic Center on the fourth Monday of every month. Are you an older adult raising children of a family member? You're not alone…attend a monthly support group to hear similar situations that others are experiencing. Learn about potential resources, community programs, services and agencies that can provide connections, guidance and peer support to older persons living with, caring for and parenting the children of loved ones. Child care and refreshments provided and transportation available. Registration is required. Call Julie at the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, 570-963-6740, or email PAST@lackawannacounty.org.
The Stone Soup Kitchen at Christ Church: There will be no community luncheons at Christ Episcopal Church in January, February or March due to winter weather issues. Guests are invited to share a hearty lunch on April 25 when it reopens. More information will be available in the spring flyer.
Olyphant Hometown Hero Banners renewal: Olyphant is erecting a one-of-a-kind memorial, The Freedom Fighter, honoring 21st century soldiers. It is slated to be dedicated in 2020. You can have your banner that was hung during Phase One in 2017 returned to you and/or buy a new one to be hung for $160; have your original banner rehung for a suggested donation of $25-$50 which would help with construction costs of The Freedom Fighter memorial, or you can have a brick/paver engraved to be placed at The Freedom Fighter Memorial site and also have your banner rehung for another three years for a $100 donation. Applications are available at the Olyphant Borough Building. Deadline is April 1, 2020. For info call Kim Onda Atkinson 570-892-0378.
Weekly pierogie sales: All Saints Orthodox Church, 211 Willow Ave., Olyphant, sells frozen pierogies every Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and every Sunday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $6.50 per dozen.
For more information, call 570-383-0785
Toddler Time: at the Dickson City Civic Center, recommended for those 18 months and older with caregiver. Toddler Time runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 for Dickson City residents, $8 for non-residents.
Senior Fitness: at the Dickson City Civic Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. Free for Dickson City residents, $10 per calendar year for non-residents.
Throop Borough recycling:
■Newspapers, shredded paper and mail (no brown bags, shopping bags or clear bags): first and third wards: first and third Mondays; second and fourth wards: second and fourth Mondays.
■ Commingled, corrugated cardboard (no packing materials): first and third wards: first and third Tuesdays; second and fourth wards: second and fourth Tuesdays
■ Yard waste (April through October): first and third wards: first and third Mondays; second and fourth wards: second and fourth Mondays
■ Electronics: residents must call in advance. First Monday of the month.
■ Tires (May through October): residents must call in advance. Last Tuesday of the month.
Archbald Borough recycling changes: Archbald Borough recycling dates change as of January 2020.
■ Cardboard will be picked up the following weeks: (2/16 – 3/1, 3,15, 3/29 – 4/12, 4/26 – 5/10, 5/24 – 6/7,6/21 – 7/5, 7/19 – 8/2, 8/16, 8/30 – 9/13, 9/27 – 10/11, 10/25 – 11/8, 11/22 – 12/6, 12/20)
■ Paper will be picked up the following weeks: (2/9, 2/23 – 3/8, 3/22 – 4/5, 4/19 – 5/3, 5/17, 5/31 – 6/14, 6/28 – 7/12, 7/26 – 8/9, 8/23 – 9/6, 9/20 – 10/4, 10/18 – 11/1, 11/15, 11/29 – 12/13, 12/27)
Cans, bottles and plastic will be picked up each week.
Visit archbaldboroughpa.gov for more borough news and information.
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